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Hunting for goodies near Place Saint Michel

by SandiM Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

In April, we are staying at the Hotel Mont Blanc for 3 nights. In the area we are staying, are there any superb food shops or goodie shops? Michel Chaudun is on our list, but that's farther than we'd like to go to shop since it's not terribly close to the metro (but we'll do it since his chocolate is sublime!). We are looking to buy stuff that is unique and easily packable back to Canada. Also, we need a really good (not too expensive) place to eat dinner--something that locals really rave about, be it French, Greek, Americain, etc. Also, where is the closest place to our hotel to buy spectacular honey? I did buy some of the Paris Opera House's honey last time (it was grand!) and wanted to sample some others. Cheese, too? Packable, of course. I guess we really just want to know where to eat and shop in the 6th arrondisement, right?

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    Re: Hunting for goodies near Place Saint Michel

    by von.otter Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Ladurée (21 Rue Bonaparte; tel: for succulent macarons and afternoon tea.

    This is a fabulous place to have lunch, Bouillon Racine ( 3 Rue Racine; +33 1 44 32 15 60. Stop by a bit later than a normal lunch hour, around 2:30-3PM.

    Try Gerard Mulo (76 Rue de Seine; +33 1 43 26 85 for pastry and other delicious food.

    Though a bit out of the 6th, the food court, La Grande Épicerie de Paris ( ; 38 Rue de Sèvres; +33 1 44 39 81 00), at the Bon Marché is tops. We were talking about it just last night; all the dinner guests were in rapture of it. It is well worth the short walk.

    La Coupole (102 Bd du Montparnasse; +33 (0)1 43 20 14 is a very good Parisian bistro; it has been in business for years. We always make a point to eat there on each visit to the City of Light.

    Although not in the 6th, Restaurant 404 ( is a very good Moroccan restaurant, popular with locals. You MUST make reservations.

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    Re: Hunting for goodies near Place Saint Michel

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Our favorite restaurant in the 6th is La Bastide d'Opio at 9 rue Guisarde. It used to be Provencal but they recently changed to Mediterranean. It's much the same and fortunately, the food and service are still excellent. It is also very reasonably price.

    Another one we just found is across the river in the first arrondissement and is La Grand Colbert. It is very Belle Epoque and again, service and food were wonderful. You should have a reservation at either unless you show up right at 7 PM . . . or for an early lunch.

    Enjoy my favorite city.

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